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What is the Best Material for Pet Bowls?

What is the Best Material for Pet Bowls?

Your pet’s bowl is something they eat and drink from every day.

In fact, it’s an essential part of your pet’s kit and plays an important role in feeding a raw diet.

Considering your cats and dogs use their bowls several times a day for years, you’ll want to put a bit of thought into what you choose for your pets’ bowls.

And to help you with making the best decision for your furchild, we did a brief analysis of bowl materials to ensure your pet enjoys good health for years to come!

So what is the difference between Stainless Steel, Plastic, and Ceramic pet bowls? And which one is the best of all?

Stainless Steel Bowls

Coming to the second question first, stainless steel is the #1 choice of vets and our Furchild team. Why?

This is because…

  • Stainless steel bowls are easy to clean and sanitise as they do not harbour bacteria.
  • They are the most durable and can last a lifetime.
  • They do not leach potentially toxic chemicals into food like plastic or ceramic bowls with low-quality paints may.
  • In addition, Furchild adds a rubber coating on the bottom of our Non-Slip Stainless Steel Bowls that enhances the grip of the bowl and prevents it from sliding on the floor.

Furchild Bowls for Pets

For their robust build and easy hygiene, stainless steel bowls are the safest and most practical choice for pet bowls.

Plastic Bowls

Many people choose plastic pet food bowls because they are inexpensive and readily available. Also, the wide range of options plastic bowls offer in colours and sizes do excite people.

However, a plastic bowl is not the best choice for a pet’s food bowl.

We in fact advise you to avoid using plastic pet bowls even for water.

Plastic Bowl for Pet Food

  • Plastic bowls can potentially cause an allergic reaction in pets.
  • They can breed bacteria. Yes, even if you wash it regularly, the scratches, nicks, and micro-gouges in plastic bowls can host bacteria.
  • Plastic cannot be heated, and some plastics, if subjected to heat will release toxic chemicals into food and water.
  • Plastic bowls are difficult to keep clean. If you decide to use plastic bowls, replace them regularly.
  • Also, in many plastic bowls, the use of bisphenol or BPA is an issue. BPA is a chemical that many studies say is an endocrine disruptor that can have adverse effects on a mammal’s brain and cardiovascular system. Further, it can even potentially cause cancer, among other serious issues.
  • Phthalates are also an issue in plastic bowls. Used as “plasticizers”, phthalates are used as solvents, and to make plastic products more flexible. There are studies that say that phthalates are toxic to mammals if absorbed long-term.
  • Some pets will chew on the bowl and swallow little bits of plastic that could build up over time and cause a blockage.

Ceramic Bowls

Ceramic Bowl for Pet Food

  • Ceramic bowls can shatter or crack. Microcracks, sometimes invisible to the human eye, can also host bacteria.
  • If your pet tends to scoot their bowl around or be rather “aggressive” eaters, there is the danger of a ceramic bowl breaking into shards - not to mention a mess.
  • And make sure that any ceramic bowl you or your pet use for food or water consumption contains lead-free paint and is food-grade glazed. This is because many low-quality ceramic and plastic products have lead-based paint flakes that are toxic.

As pet parents ourselves, we understand these concerns and take into consideration the needs of other pet owners and their raw-fed pets. With all the inputs, we’ve designed a 'purrfect' food and water bowl for your pet.

These bowls are not the basic, thin, metal bowls which you often find in a pet store. Our range of Non-slip Bowls is constructed from non-skid, non-toxic, high-quality stainless steel.

And the silicone bottom keeps the bowls from sliding around under the nose of hungry dogs, eager to eat, especially if you feed our balanced fresh raw meals.

Now that you know what’s best for your furchildren, choose your pets’ bowl and meal wisely!

Oct 2017

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